Jonny Bairstow centuries in international cricket

All you need to know about the international centuries by Jonny Bairstow

There aren't many things in cricket as blistering as Jonny Bairstow centuries. When he's on song, there's no stopping him. If you're looking for more on the English batter in international cricket, this is the right place because today we're going to talk about Jonny Bairstow. 

As you know, Jonny Bairstow is one of the most destructive batters in the world in all three formats and has taken down quality bowling attacks for fun on several occasions. He's a key member of the England side across formats. 

Coming off a long injury layoff, Bairstow was outstanding in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test in the ongoing Ashes, smashing a run-a-ball 78. His glovework has received criticism but his batting remains a huge weapon for England. 

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Jonny Bairstow centuries: Career summary

Jonny Bairstow has played 251 matches in international cricket for England, doing well in all three formats. He has smashed 12 centuries in Test cricket, having amassed 5580 runs from 91 Tests at an average of 37.20. 

ODI cricket has been his best format and he has 11 centuries in it. Bairstow has scored 3634 runs in 95 ODIs at a terrific average of 46.58 and strike rate of 104. 

Bairstow has played 66 T20 internationals, with 1337 runs at an average of 27.85 while striking at 136. He doesn't have a century in international T20s but has three in overall T20 cricket. 

Format Matches Runs Average Strike rate 100s 50s Best Score
Test 91 5580 37.20 57.90 12 24 167*
ODI 95 3634 46.58 104.12 11 15 141*
T20I 66 1337 27.85 136.42 8 90

You have the number of Jonny Bairstow centuries in international cricket, now how about we shed some light on his journey and some of his best performances?

Jonny Bairstow centuries
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Jonny Bairstow journey 

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire on September 26, 1989, Jonny Bairstow is the son of the former England wicketkeeper David Bairstow. Like his father, Jonathan took up wicketkeeping but the journey wasn't easy. 

Bairstow spent his early years in the second XI side for Yorkshire before he was called up to the first XI in 2009. The next season he was a regular in the Yorkshire side. He played 16 first-class games and piled on 918 runs. In the 2011 season, Bairstow registered his maiden FC century, making 205 against Nottinghamshire. He amassed over 1000 runs in that season and received a call-up to the England side. 

Bairstow made his international debut in an ODI against India on September 16, 2011 at Cardiff. His Test debut came in May 2012 against West Indies at Lord's. In his fourth Test, Bairstow missed his maiden Test century by five runs in the first innings versus South Africa at Lord's. He followed that with a quick-fire 54 in the second innings. 

However, he kept going in and out of the sides in his early years in international cricket. And with the rise of Jos Buttler, he lost his wicket-keeping spot and often played as a specialist batter. 

The 2015-16 season was perhaps the turning point of Jonny Bairstow's career as he received a consistent run in all formats and he made it count. From December 2015 to December 2016, Bairstow amassed 1590 runs in 18 Tests at an excellent average of 58.88. That phase included three Jonny Bairstow Test centuries. 

 Following England's humiliating exit in the 2015 World Cup, Jonny Bairstow was given a chance at the top in the fifth ODI against New Zealand. He struck an unbeaten 83 off 60 and never looked back.  

Enforcer of the Bazball era 

Jonny Bairstow lost his place in Test cricket after 2019 but was called back in early 2021 for the subcontinent tours of Sri Lanka and India. He had good starts throughout the year but couldn't convert into big scores. He had a great start to 2022, scoring a century against Australia at Sydney and one more on their tour of West Indies. 

Ben Stokes took over England's Test captaincy with Brendon McCullum as the head coach. England wanted to play an aggressive brand of cricket and Bairstow turned out to be the enforcer. 

Bairstow obliterated New Zealand and India to begin the Bazball era. Four Jonny Bairstow centuries in three games, all in winning causes. England couldn't have asked for a better start to a new era. 

Best of Jonny Bairstow centuries

Jonny Bairstow Test centuries 

The England batter had scored three Test hundreds in 2016 but the last year witnessed a flurry of incredible Jonny Bairstow centuries as he pummelled the New Zealand and Indian bowling attacks. 

The second Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge saw one of the most epic Jonny Bairstow centuries. Chasing 299, England were 4 for 93 and were staring at a defeat. Bairstow then smashed the likes of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Matt Henry to score 136 off just 92 balls. The knock included 14 fours and seven sixes as England clinched the game by five wickets. In the next Test at Headingley, Bairstow made 162 off 157 balls to help his side sweep the series. 

In the rescheduled Test against India, Jonny Bairstow delivered his best match performance in this format. He scored 106 off 140 in the first innings and followed it up with an unbeaten 114 in 145 deliveries as England chased down a mammoth 378 by seven wickets. 

Runs Opposition Ground Start Date
167* v Sri Lanka Lord's 9 Jun 2016
162 v New Zealand Leeds 23 Jun 2022
150* v South Africa Cape Town 2 Jan 2016
140 v Sri Lanka Leeds 19 May 2016
140 v West Indies North Sound 8 Mar 2022
136 v New Zealand Nottingham 10 Jun 2022
119 v Australia Perth 14 Dec 2017
114* v India Birmingham 1 Jul 2022
113 v Australia Sydney 5 Jan 2022
110 v Sri Lanka Colombo 23 Nov 2018
106 v India Birmingham 1 Jul 2022
101 v New Zealand Christchurch 30 March 2018

Jonny Bairstow ODI centuries 

Jonny Bairstow is one of the best ODI openers of his generation, with a blend of explosiveness and consistency. Eight out of 11 Jonny Bairstow ODI centuries have come in winning causes and that shows his impact for England. 

While 141 not out against West Indies is Bairstow's highest score in the format, his century against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2018 was perhaps his best. Batting first, Bairstow got his team off to a great start along with Jason Roy. Bairstow hammered 139 runs in just 92 deliveries as England went on to record the then-highest total in ODI cricket of 481. 

Runs Opposition Ground Start Date
141* v West Indies Southampton 29 Sep 2017
139 v Australia Nottingham 19 Jun 2018
138 v New Zealand Dunedin 7 Mar 2018
128 v Pakistan Bristol 14 May 2019
124 v India Pune 26 Mar 2021
112 v Australia Manchester 16 Sep 2020
111 v India Birmingham 30 Jun 2019
106 v New Zealand Chester-le-Street 3 Jul 2019
105 v Scotland Edinburgh 10 Jun 2018
104 v New Zealand Christchurch 10 Mar 2018
100* v West Indies Manchester 19 Sep 2017

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